Local News for Friday 19th April 2019
ALASDAIR ALLAN MSP SUPPORTS ACTIVITIES TO SPRING CLEAN WESTERN ISLES
Alasdair Allan MSP has joined environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, in applauding the efforts of local residents from the Western Isles who are participating in its annual Spring Clean campaign, which is taking place across the area throughout April and May.
Throughout April and May, Keep Scotland Beautiful will be working with Western Isles residents, businesses, schools and community groups to arrange their own Clean Up events to remove rubbish from local streets, parks and public areas.
Alasdair Allan MSP said:
“I am proud of the actions of residents from the Western Isles who are participating in the annual Spring Clean Campaign - helping to remove more litter and preserve the places that we live in.”
“Events such as ‘Clean Coast Outer Hebrides’ upcoming Beach Clean on Saturday 20th April at Fevig on the West Side will I hope, ensure that the 2019 Spring Clean Campaign is a fantastic success.”
A spokesperson for Clean Coast Outer Hebrides commented:
And a reminder - the group have an Upcoming Beach Clean tomorrow Saturday April 20th, at Fevig from 11.00am – 2pm. All Volunteers to meet at Bragar Old School & Bring a Bucket.
E.U. CITIZENS VITAL TO ISLANDS & RURAL AREAS ECONOMY
The Scottish government has said that continued opportunities for E.U. citizens to live and work in Scotland are essential to rural and coastal Scotland’s continued success and sustainability,
Approximately 5.2% of Scotland’s total workforce is made up of E.U. migrants, with the rural economy particularly reliant on people from all over the EU with a vital mix of skills to support key industries.
The First Minister has made a commitment to EU citizens living here that they will be supported to remain in Scotland during and beyond the uncertainty associated with an E.U. exit.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has said:
‘With E.U. citizens already making up 5.2% of our workforce – many of whom have chosen to make their lives here – it is clear that any restrictions on movement and access to EU workers would have a significant detrimental impact on rural and coastal Scotland.
‘This could potentially lead to labour and skills shortages and a possible reduction in domestic produce in favour of imports.
‘For example, 58% of our fish processing labour workforce comes from the E.U, without which there is a real risk to the future success and sustainability of the rural and coastal economy and communities.
‘Our message to E.U. Citizens is therefore clear: you are welcome here, you contribute to this country’s diversity and prosperity, and we will do everything we can to help you stay in Scotland.’